Last week we started art using Baby Lambs Book of Art. I initially thought that we would do a page from this book once a week (mostly just to make it stretch the whole year), but Trevor is really enjoying it, so we've done a page almost every day. I'm going to have to modify my lesson plans a bit! I really enjoy how each page has a simple direction to follow (I have to read it to him, obviously) and that there is not so much going on that it distracts him. The directions really make him focus and not just scribble all over the page and be done in 5 seconds (like usual!) It's nice to see that he actually can color in the lines (sort of) and take a few minutes to color in a page nicely. It really seems like a nice book for teaching a little one to draw/color.
The pages we did this past week focused on the color wheel. Trevor had never heard of this concept before, and I thought he did really well! We talked about primary colors and secondary colors, warm colors and cool colors. I could tell that he wasn't even slightly getting the warm and cool colors concept, so we spent some time on the computer looking up pictures of things that were certain colors (yellow-sun, orange-fire, blue-water, etc.) and talking about if those things made us feel warm or cold (like fire is hot).
He's by no means an expert on the color wheel now, but I was really happy at how well he payed attention and how much he retained. I think we will probably revisit this concept throughout the rest of the book so he doesn't forget =)
Here are the pages we did (you can click on the images to make them big if you want to get a better idea of what the book is like).